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By Chris Milliman, Special to VeloNews.com
France’s Sabrina Jonnier (Fox Racing) took advantage of a bottleneck atthe start of the mountain cross finals and cruised to an easy win on thehigh speed Mt. Snow course near Dover, Vermont.
With everyone keen to get the holeshot to the first corner, Jonnier,Katrina Miller (Jamis), Marla Streb (Luna) and Jill Kitner (Staats Bike-Fox)tangled in the first 50 meters of the finals, with only Jonnier exitingthe scrum cleanly. From there, the 22-year-old woman from Nice just hadto stay upright, which she did.
“Everyone was leaning all over each other,” said Jonnier, “I pushedback and that’s how I got away.”
Good breaks, bad breaks
Racing with a broken hand that will keep him from tomorrow’s downhill, Eric Carter (Mongoose-Hyundai) held off a high quality group top win the men’s mountain cross final. After getting the holeshot on a course that favored quick starts.
Carter rode a flawless bottom finish, perfectly managing the last bermthat claimed so many racers. Chris Kovarik (Intense-Fox), Mike King (Haro-LeeDungarees) and Fabian Barrel (Kona-Clarks) filled out the podium.
1. Sabrina Jonnier
2. Marla Streb
3. Katrina Miller
4. Jill KitnerPro Men
1. Eric Carter
2. Chris Kovarik
3. Mike King
4. Fabian Barel